Image: Armistice Day 2017 (MoD)

Library image of Armistice Day 2017. (Image: MoD).

Ten thousand people have been invited to march past the Cenotaph to mark the centenary of the Armistice later this year.

Descendants of those who fought, family members and the public can apply to take part in ‘A Nation’s Thank You - The People’s Procession’ on Sunday 11 November 2018. 

At the same time, people are being encouraged by the government to ring bells around the world, to replicate the spontaneous outpouring of relief that took place in 1918. 

As news of the Armistice spread, church bells which had fallen silent across the UK during the First World War rang out in celebration.

Bells of all kinds - church, military or any other - are invited by the British Government with the support of the German Government to ring out.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said: “On the centenary of the Armistice, it is right that we come together to give thanks to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and those who returned home to help shape the world we live in today. 

"The 11th of November offers us a unique opportunity to show our appreciation for the generation who gave so much to secure this hard fought victory.

The Cenotaph was constructed after the First World War. Image: PA
The Cenotaph was constructed after the First World War. (Image: PA).

"I encourage everyone, whatever their connection to the First World War, to apply to participate in the People’s Procession and join in with the bell ringing programme to help us mark this historic occasion. 

"This will be a fitting conclusion to the four-year commemorations of the centenary of the First World War and will ensure the stories from this important period of our history are passed down to future generations."

Bell ringing and the People’s Procession will take place after the conclusion of The Royal British Legion’s Veteran Dispersal and March Past the Cenotaph, which follows the National Service of Remembrance on 11 November 2018, the centenary of the end of the First World War. 

Members of the public are invited to apply for tickets for the People’s Procession through a ballot.

The procession will march down Whitehall where successful applicants will be able to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph. 

Bell ringing and the People’s Procession both form part of the national commemoration events for the centenary of the Armistice in London and will be followed by a service at Westminster Abbey in the evening.